According to the Morrison Government, areas like Kurri Kurri, Maitland, Raymond Terrace and Nelson Bay are metropolitan. I disagree.
From January 2020, changes to the Department of Health's Rural, Remote and Metropolitan Areas scale means doctors who practice in the electorate of Paterson will lose their incentive to bulk bill. Many practices have made the difficult decision to stop bulk billing altogether.
Paterson is not metropolitan, and so many people in our community rely on bulk billing to access medical treatment. These changes will mean more people will present to the emergency department of local hospitals, putting more pressure on our doctors and nurses.
Help me save bulk billing in Paterson by signing my petition. I will take your messages to Canberra and tell the Prime Minister these changes will have severe consequences in our community.